Select Blinds Reviews - Why This Company is Great to Work For


by Lisa Hs 26 Jul 2013

Work is work, right? Another day, another dollar. Let's face it, there are very few people that can actually claim that they love their jobs and the company that they work for. I have to admit though, after coming to work at Select Blinds, it is refreshing to work for a company that actually cares about their customer and people as a whole.

As a retailer, the company can boast about their new Google Trusted Store "A" rating for reliability and excellent service, or their Better Business Bureau accreditation and A+ rating. But really, when I am shopping online for products, I am not always interested in what the "company" is saying about themselves. What sets Select Blinds apart from other custom window covering companies is the amount of positive 3rd party reviews that the company has collected over the years from ACTUAL customers, who are excited enough about their purchase to take the time to write a helpful review for other people looking to make the same purchase.

SelectBlinds.com really is the highest rated and most reviewed blinds company in America. It is obvious online when you look at websites like:

Google Checkout (over 5,250 reviews!) "Awesome! Their service was quick and efficient. Even when I had mismeasured and called to correct my order, they were very courteous."

Reseller Ratings (over 3,500 reviews!) "Great looking, easy to install, directions to measure were spot on."

Price Grabber (over 2,500 reviews!) "Great quality and a great price! I shopped around and this was by far the best company."

Nextag (over 1,350 reviews!) "Expected good for the price. GOT outstanding for the price!"

After working closely with our customer service team, I can see why the site has gotten such great reviews. Of course the company is proud of their high quality products, but the best sign of a good company is the happiness of their customers. So, while it may be a job.. and WORK.. watching the attention and care that is given to site visitors and customers makes me feel like I am doing something valuable. And I appreciate that!

Rustic Modern Dining Table Project


by Lisa Hs 18 Mar 2013

By day, internet marketing nerd, by night, furniture designer and re-finisher. Like most moms, I am a woman that wears many hats and it can be hard to fit in hobbies that I like between shopping trips, school track meets, gymnastics, and a full time marketing job. But, on my last visit to the boonies, (aka, my in-laws neck of the woods - Northern Arizona), I was finally able to realize a furniture design idea I had been thinking about for years. I have wanted a new dining room table for a long time. The one we have was old, and my design aesthetic has moved towards the modern side since then. I wanted to create my own modern/rustic dining room table using Juniper wood. With the help of my Father in law, we were able to chop down an old Juniper tree, and create my table masterpiece. It all began with an old tree.

My Father in law happens to own his own lumber mill, so I wouldn't exactly call this a do it yourself job, but a cool project anyway. With his help we were able to transport the tree to his mill, where we milled it into several 6 inch thick slabs.

We cut the rough edges off all slabs except the ones facing the outside, then with the help of some serious wood glue and heavy duty clamps we were able to seamlessly glue 3 slabs together. The joints had to be reinforced underneath the table top with screws and metal slats. Then we had to move the 300+lbs table top into a truck and back to our home, 3 hours away.

When I got it home.. the fun part began! I pulled out my belt sander and started sanding away. I learned a cool trick for covering the cracks between the slabs and making it look like one solid chunk of wood. You take some Elmer's wood glue, and mix it with some sawdust from the sanding process. Then fill in the cracks with the mixture. Sand it down, and it is a perfect color match for your table - SEAMLESS!

We went online and found some cool stainless steel legs from a restaurant supply company. Here is a picture of the finished project:

I am so happy with the way it turned out. What do you think?

Why Updating Mom's Decor is Like Going to the Dentist


by Lisa Hs 12 Mar 2013

Ever had to do something painful, that you did not want to do? In fact, something that you did not want to do so much, that it seemed easier or more appealing to bear excruciating pain rather than suffer through dealing with it? You know.. kind of like going to the dentist when you were a kid... or an adult. My husband had to go to the dentist 5 years ago because he had a painful cavity. He was so scared of the dentist, he spent months doing research on the internet looking for a dentist that would completely knock him out so he did not have to be awake at all during the visit. Well, I had a similar scary experience last month, when I had to tell my mother that it was time to update her home decor.  Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get through the experience unconscious, like my husband's dentist visit. So, what does my mom's decor have to do with going to the dentist? Stay with me here people. 

Reason #1:  Both are scary. When I was a kid, I thought the dentist was a scary stranger that wanted to hurt me, and I was not far from the truth. But, last month I had to bite the bullet and tell my mother that her decor choices were hideous, and needed to be updated if she ever wanted to sell her home. Talk about scary! I knew she was proud of her stylish home, and anticipated some issues. And, needless to say, my little talk did not go well. My gentle nudging towards a decor re-design was taken like I shot her in the face. I am pretty sure I saw steam coming out of her ears.

Reason #2:  Dental work makes me want to gag, and so does my mom's decor.  There is nothing that my mother would rather do than brag about the retro Kermit-green lava lamp she purchased when I was little, or the luxuriousness of her wall to wall, rust-red, shag carpet.

 CHRISTMAS 1976: A SUNNY DAY AROUND THE TREE...

(Photo credit: roberthuffstutter)

But, she needs to sell her house and downsize.  I am certain that potential buyers walking through her home as it is now would have to fight back their gag reflex and focus on the potential of the home with better decor.

Reason #3:  Going to the dentist office and pushing my mom to update her decor are uncomfortable and painful experiences, but have to be done.  As painful as it was, I told mom it was time for a decor update. I swallowed the painful jabs at my taste level and the rising volume of her defensive replies, and simply told her that her current decor needed to be toned down to allow buyers to imagine themselves and their stuff in her home. I held her hand as she picked out and ordered neutral toned carpet, picked out modern area rugs, and packed up all her "stylish" decor accessories.  With some additional paint, cleaning, and organization, her house was ready to sell 3 weeks later.

Reason #4:  Both involve a lot of smiling. Taking pain with a smile on your face can be hard, but I love my mom, and I really was just trying to help her. So, I put up with her angry reactions and passive aggressive comments with a forced smile on my face, until we had gotten the job done.  This is my mom, and I decided to put away my pride a bit in order to make sure that I could still count on her friendship and Sunday dinners at home.

Having said all of that, after my experience last month, I think that if I had the choice again, I would choose going to the dentist instead, if it would get me out of mom's home decor update. Don't get me wrong, I am happy with the way things turned out in the end. Mom is happy now, we are still friends and she has just accepted an offer on her house.  But, if I ever find myself in that situation again, Dad will be the one stepping up to the plate.

8 Low Cost Ways to Prep Your Home for a Sale


by Lisa Hs 4 Mar 2013

Add curb appeal to your home for a quick sale

When selling your home, don't overdo it by putting more money into repairs than you can get back in a sale. Many times, low cost updates like the ones mentioned below are enough to put "icing on the cake" and impress potential buyers into signing contracts.

1. Work on your curb appeal.

Buyers will see your house first as soon as they pull up. Invite them to get out of their car and enter by doing a few simple things. First, make sure your landscaping is neat and trim. Clean gutters, and clear away leaves. Power wash your house exterior and windows to remove years of dust and grime. Make your front door more inviting with a new coat of paint, and a stylish welcome mat.

2. Fix anything that needs fixing.

Now is the time to do any of those "honey-do" projects you have been putting off lately. Have that broken window repaired. Replace the kitchen cabinet hinge that is broken, or the missing baseboard. Potential buyers will notice these issues and see projects and costs that they do not want to deal with.

3. De-clutter and clean. remove very personalized decor.

In love with that bright orange 70s shag rug? Is your living room taken over by an oversized, dirty man chair? Are the walls of your teenager's bedroom covered in rock posters? Now is the time to remove those items and put them into storage. Take up that shag rug to showcase the floor space, remove the ugly man chair that detracts from the design flow of the room, remove your teenager's posters so buyers can get a good idea of the size and height of the bedroom. Help potential buyers imagine their own furniture and decor in a room by providing a de-personalized, clean space.

4. Organize closets and drawers to showcase storage space.

Storage space is often high on a buyer's wish list, especially buyers with children. Don't hurry to clean up by shoving things into the junk drawer, or closets. Chances are, a buyer will open those drawers and doors to peep out storage potential. The last thing you want on buyer's minds is that storage space is limited and their stuff will not fit in the house. Install closet or drawer organizers and showcase the storage possibilities of your home; especially if square feet is limited.

5. Tone down paint colors - neutralize.

Your kitchen's bright polka dot walls make you smile every day, but will a potential buyer like it? It is impossible to please everyone, but toning down wall colors can make it easier for buyers to imagine their belongings in your home. Choosing neutral colors like grays, and tans can add warmth to your home without adding the cost and time of re-painting to a buyer's to-do list.

6. Replace any dated light fixtures, fans, doorknobs, faucets.

Fixtures like lights, doorknobs, and brass faucets can really tell the age of your home and make potential buyers see the dollar signs involved with an update. Make your home appear current by replacing these items with newer ones. Or, try re-using old fixtures by cleaning, sanding, and spray painting them a different color.

7. Showcase the items staying with the home like the size, floors, storage, fixtures, window coverings.

Buyers will notice your staging and decor, but they are most interested in what will be in the house when they move in. If you need to spend money on updates, spend it on replacing worn flooring, replacing old window coverings with low-cost blinds or shades, or replacing a dated ceiling fan with a budget friendly alternative. This will show potential buyers that the house is move in ready and will not cost them more money to make livable.

8. Neutralize odors.

Got pets, or stinky teenage boys? Even if your home is modern and bright, a bad odor can drive people away. Neutralize those odors by cleaning carpets and walls. A fresh coat of paint can go a long way towards reducing odors in a house. Move the pet and litter box out of the house before showings. Light scented candles or add scented plug-ins to make the house smell fresher. Try baking some fresh cookies right before a showing and leave them out for agents and viewers.

Do you have any low cost tips to add to this post? I'd love to hear about them in the comments below.

Blinds and Shades Upgrades


by Lisa Hs 10 Aug 2012

Cellular Shades

Custom blinds and shades have several distinct advantages over the window coverings found in your neighborhood big box retailer. Perhaps the biggest advantage is in the cost to acquire your blinds and shades. The cost can actually be less, if you are willing to put a little effort into shopping on-line.

Pre-Cut vs Custom

The blinds and shades found on the retailer’s shelf are pre-cut to specific sizes. The sizes are the most popular window sizes, so one would think that they will work in every situation. The fact is that a 30” x 60” window might not allow a 30” x 60” pre-cut window shade. The reason is basic. The frame for that window is going to reduce the opening to some degree. That means that the standard blind from the local retailer will be too wide for an inside mount, and not really wide enough for an outside mount.

Custom blinds and shades are exactly what they sound like. They are made just for you, to the exact size necessary for an installation that will give you the privacy and light control that you expect. There are plenty of options available for shopping for custom window coverings. In home consultation from a decorator is at one end of the spectrum, and online do it yourself shopping is at the other end. If you have a tape measure, a drill, and a screw driver, you will get the most for your money by shopping online.

Selectblinds.com comes out on top for online blinds and shades. The selection is broad, covering all styles of shades, from honeycomb to Roman shades, as well as real wood blinds, faux wood blinds, and aluminum mini blinds. Select Blinds offers exclusive designer collections, including a kid’s collection, and their pricing blows away the big box retailer. They make the entire process very easy to understand, they offer helpful videos, and they get your blinds and shades to you fast!

Wood Blinds

There are other distinct advantages to shopping for blinds and shades with SelectBlinds. Shipping is free, there is a price guarantee, and they even have a satisfaction guarantee. They are also the highest rated, most reviewed blinds on the internet.

Everything mentioned so far played a huge part in my decision to trust my window coverings to SelectBlinds. The free upgrades were just icing on the cake. It seemed that whichever custom blind or shade that is looked at offered some kind of free upgrade. Honeycomb shades offered free top down – bottom up. Certain products offered a screaming hot deal of buy three get one free, other products promised to be made in one day, or they were free. Upgraded valances were offered at no charge on several blinds, which I took advantage of, and let me tell you, they made a huge difference in the look.

So the next time that you are standing in the aisle of big box retail looking at the array of shades, make a note of the price, and look at the quality, and then go home and log onto www.selectblinds.com. You will be happy you did.

A Shade Cooler than the Rest!


by Lisa Hs 12 Aug 2011

Cordless Blackout Shades

There are many styles and varieties of window shades. Window shades to hide the sunlight or window shades that let the sunlight shine in to illuminate a particular room. They are highly decorative and deco

rators of today use them to highlight the completion of their workmanship. Soft, genteel looking, and attractive, they display a personality of their own when added to a room.

Most window shades are custom fit, so measuring them correctly is the key.  A consumer must remember that measurements are either taken from the inside of the frame of the window, or the outside of the frame. This depends on what look they may be trying to achieve. Plus, they need to take into the consideration what kind of pull they want to use, and where it should be placed on the window shade for easy up and down use.

Some of the fabric used for window shades is quite unique. An attractive eye popping fabric is the lace window shade, looking especially well in an antique décor room. This window shade is elegant and will give your room an old fashioned, take you back in time, look. There is no lining needed with this window shade as it is perfect without it, and it is a great alternative to the sheer fabric window shade. This gorgeous lace window shade is desired by many decorators adept at antique decor. Roller shades and roman shades work especially well in the eye popping white lace window shade. It is difficult to see in from outside with this lace window shade, which allows for privacy. If you want to enhance an unattractive window, install lace window shades. “Body and substance is what it is all about”, say the decorators.

Solar control window shades are exceptional and a much needed item in the Southwest. This is where the sun shines on a constant basis, and the heat is intense. These shades will not fade out, or allow the sunlight to fade or discolor the furniture, and are easy to keep clean. The newest advances in technology are implemented into this solar control window shade. They will filter out the heat, glare and harmful UV rays, but still allow the flood of natural light to enter the room. The glare on the television is also drastically reduced. This window shade allows a person to see the outside world, and still have their privacy at all times of the day and night. This ability is called the ‘openness factor’ with this solar controlled window shade. They can be custom made in a cast of colors, such as grey, white, chalk and a light tobacco brown. The lighter colors are said to enhance thoughts and energize intelligence, and are perfect for study areas or libraries.

Blackout fabric window shades are especially popular with day sleepers. They will completely eliminate the light from a bedroom, or media room, and allow complete darkness for sleep, movie watching or privacy. These window shades feature a contemporary design and a continuous loop chain instead of the standard spring roller. This allows the window shade to glide easily with trouble free elevation and is perfect for that pitch black room. These are available in various prices and sun control factors depending on the purpose, and the room. The blackout window shade can be purchased in a three percent factor, allowing very little light in the room, to a fourteen percent factor which allows maximum light to enter.

Window shades are the perfect answer in cutting back on energy costs of the home or office space. Practical, stylish, durable, easy to clean and low cost window shades are still the wave of the future for home and offices.

Faux Wood Blinds and their Versatility


by Lisa Hs 28 Jun 2011

Faux Wood Blinds

One of the most popular online searches is the search for faux wood blinds. Due to the fact that they are economical and versatile, they are a great alternative to the more expensive real wood. Faux wood is considered the new generation of blinds. This new style of blinds, offer a more natural wood look, with a less expensive purchase. Adding faux wood blinds to any window can alter the atmosphere extensively. If a tropical feel is the décor of choice, wood blinds will enhance that décor. If a large space needs to be covered, adding vertical faux wood blinds will achieve that much needed height that you are looking for.

Faux wood is a compilation of man-made materials and natural wood products.  Modern day faux wood blinds, with their high UV ratings, are completely warp resistant. These blinds are perfect for rooms in a home that have extreme temperature changes in heat and/or moisture, such as bathrooms and kitchens. Color choices are numerous in the faux wood designed blinds, which is hard to find in natural wood blinds. Whether seeking a warm or traditional decor, faux wood remains extremely stylish and practical for a fraction of the costs compared to real wood. Faux wood blinds are helping today’s cost conscious consumer create a custom, beautiful, one of a kind, interior design window treatment. Creating a beautiful room, while saving money, is definitely a consumers dream.

Faux wood blinds give a few more benefits than hardwood blinds, besides that cost factor. One very cool benefit of these faux wood blinds is that they are easy to clean with simple soap and water, or any type of spray window cleaner. No more having to go out to find and purchase the best and usually very expensive, cleaning products specifically made to clean wood. These usually end up leaving the real wood with streaks and grease spots. Not having to deal with that problem is a bonus in itself. Faux wood blinds are guaranteed to shine and last, no spots, no greasy stains, just a simple cleaning.

Shop faux wood blinds

Faux wood blinds can be found in the same shades, colors and stains as hardwood blinds. From white to cherry, to a mahogany stain, there are no limitations in choices. Whatever color scheme or decor that may have been chosen, for any home or office, there will be a faux wood blind to complement that room. If a person is undecided on a color or a stain, a sample can be ordered from most online sites. Then you can take the samples, place it next to the desired window, and make your decision, easier to accomplish.

Keep in mind, measuring your windows precisely, is extremely important. You must consider whether you want the blinds on the outside or the inside of each window. Inside mounting of the faux wood blinds will provide a clean look and is most commonly used. If you want the window to appear larger than actual size or provide less light to enter the room for more privacy, then outside mounting will work best.

Installing faux wood blinds can change the look of the whole room. The color choices are endless and outstanding in stunning wood tones and stains. A natural wood look, without the high costs of hardwood, is exceptional in faux wood and much appreciated by the consumer. The assurance of quality, versatility, and durability, without the upkeep of hardwood, will complement any décor. Faux wood blinds will make a distinctive statement of your personality and refined tastes, and the compliments with keep on coming.

Stay 'Cool' in the Shade this Summer


by Lisa Hs 14 Apr 2011

Window coverings are primarily classified as either window shades or window blinds. There are other window coverings, such as curtains and shutters, but for the do-it-yourselfer, shades and blinds are the sweet spot.

Self-measuring and installing window shades and window blinds in no way detracts from the quality level, or from the options available in custom window coverings. SelectBlinds.com is an on-line only, direct to consumer, custom maker of window blinds and window shades. Select Blinds is unique, in that they sell only their brand. This is a good thing. SelectBlinds stands for quality, service, and value.

Summer is not quite here, but the good folks at SelectBlinds have recently rolled out their 2011 line of custom window shades, and the selection is impressive. Before getting in to the details, it’s worth mentioning my discussion with their VP, Nate Kennedy. When asked how best to describe the difference between a window shade and window blind, nimble footed Mr. Kennedy replied, “a window shade filters light, providing varying degrees of shade, including complete blackout, and a window blind, when in the closed position, completely blocks ones view.” Quite right.

Window shades for summer 2011 include cellular shades, Roman shades, bamboo and woven shades, pleated shades, roller shades, and sun control sheer shades. Cool colors and hot offers make the summer 2011 line up worth talking about.

First of all, as hard as it is to believe, on top of their current offering of 30% off all orders, plus free shipping, SelectBlinds is offering to everyone, from a selection of their most popular products, buy 3, and get the

4th free! I just couldn’t go further without mentioning that amazing saving opportunity on custom made window shades and window blinds.

Allow me to provide you with a brief definition of the different types of window shades.

Sheer shades: When in the opened position, sheer shades allow light and snooping eyes, to pass through the window. When closed, the fabric horizontal slats act like a window blind, blocking both light and prying eyes.

Roller shades: Spring loaded or with a continuous cord loop lift system, roller shades have just the two positions. Roller shades are either up, or they’re down. Your only choice is how far up or down the roller shade is.

Cellular shades: Honeycomb constructed material make up this extremely popular window shade. Cell shades are offered in single cell or double cell, and come in a variety of cell sizes. Honeycomb shades are also available with a multitude of custom options.

Pleated shades: These window shades look a lot like honeycomb shades, but pleated shades are a single layer of fabric while honeycomb shades are a double layer of fabric.

Bamboo/woven shades: Made from exotic materials, these are room transforming window shades.

Roman Shades: Fabric rich, Roman shades are the most drapery-like window shade available. Depending on the fold style selected, Roman shades’ fabric generously cascade down the window.

See the full selection of custom made window shades and window blinds for summer 2011 now at SelectBlinds.com.

The Photo Contest Winner!


by Lisa Hs 4 Apr 2011

We would like to thank all of our customers for participating in the photo contest. Thank you for sharing all those wonderful pictures with us, all of them were great! The winner of the first stage of this contest photographed her 3/8” Double Cell Light Filtering Shades. The image shows the great advantages of one of the most popular options, cordless top down bottom up. The cordless top down bottom up offers the benefits of raising the shade from the bottom up, but also lowering the top down for a greater view while maintaining privacy. This product looks great in our customer’s breakfast room!

Window Blinds and Window Shades


by Lisa Hs 7 Feb 2011

Window blinds and window shades offer a couple of obvious benefits to any home. While window shades offer a better energy efficiency insulating factor, both window blinds and window shades afford you with a level of privacy, and enhance your home décor.

Cellular Top Down Bottom Up Shades

Energy efficiency may be a consideration when shopping for window coverings, but that is not normally the primary concern. If insulation for energy saving was the main consideration, nothing beats a window shade like an army blanket. But who wants an army blanket covering their window?

Now I’m not belittling the benefit of energy efficiency. We all want to see the heating bill shrink occasionally, and I could expound on the benefits of energy efficient window shades at length. Or you can see a great variety of window shades that insulate your windows with us at SelectBlinds. That will give me the opportunity to share an additional benefit of window blinds and window shades that most of us never even think about.

Window blinds and window shades are a great way to preserve the life of your home furnishings. In particular I am referring to furniture, area rugs, and carpeting. Most people don’t realize the harmful effects of UV rays that come through the window, whether opened or closed, and the impact that those rays have on your belongings.

Picture a beautiful oriental area rug on the floor of your living room. Contrary to what the name suggests, most people live more in other rooms, and the living room gets used only around holiday time. Privacy is not a big issue in the living room, so you have beautiful window shades or window blinds on the windows, but since privacy is not a concern, you leave those window shades opened at all times. You see that oriental area rug almost every day. The sun is beating through the window, and unbeknown-st to you, it is gradually fading the colors of that rug. One day you do a major house cleaning, you move the sofa, and you are just shocked to see the difference in the colors of the exposed area of the rug versus the part covered by the sofa. I think you see where I’m headed here. Window blinds and window shades add life to your home furnishings.

Window shades offer a better insulation factor than window blinds. Window shades are made from soft fabrics, and can be custom made to include liners that add light control and additional insulation. Window shades are traditionally either up, letting light in, or down, blocking light, but also blocking the view.

Window blinds are made of horizontal or vertical slats. Real wood blinds can really enrich the feel of a room, but fall short of the insulating factor offered by window shades. Horizontal window blinds do offer the ability to be in the lowered position, and allow for a view. In fact, horizontal window blinds can be tilted to reflect the sun away from the floor and furniture, while still giving you a fairly open view to the outside.

Hope this was useful information for everyone!

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